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Are Machines “Agents” for Purposes of the Patent Venue Statute? (Part II)

This article was originally published in IPWatchdog.com “As technology evolves, and especially as artificial intelligence becomes smarter, plaintiffs will present new and creative arguments that the defendants have established a ‘regular place of business’ in a certain jurisdiction.” Part I of this article provided an overview of the Federal Circuit’s understanding of the patent venue…

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The Scientist and the Spy by Mara Hvistendahl

The history of corporate espionage in the United States is not a recent development. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the British textile industry was by far the largest in the world and was largely driven by its technological superiority especially the “Cartwright Loom,” which was considered the crown jewel of that industry. Using…

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Levandowski Agrees to Plead Guilty to Charges Under the EEA.

On March 19, 2020, Anthony Levandowski, a pioneer of self-driving car technology, announced that he worked out a plea deal with federal prosecutors to plead guilty to one count of trade secret theft under the Economic Espionage Act. His trial was set for January 2021. Levandowski also recently filed for bankruptcy protection citing a $179…

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The Fragile Nature of Trade Secrets: Clues from the Courts on How to Keep Them

Peter Toren | Experienced Intellectual Property Lawyer

“While companies are not required to institute every security measure possible to ensure that their confidential information qualifies as a trade secret, the more security measures implemented, the greater the likelihood that courts will find that the trade secret owner undertook ‘reasonable measures.’”  Trade secrets have become an increasingly valuable asset to many companies, but…

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Uber must face a $1 billion trade secrets lawsuit after a San Francisco jury handed down a verdict Friday finding that an inventor timely brought his claim that the ride-hailing giant and its founder stole his business concept.Since the jury found Halpern timely filed his trade secrets misappropriation suit, the trial will proceed to a…

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Review of Key 2019 Trade Secret Decisions and Trends (Part II)

Part I of Key 2019 Trade Secret Decision and Trends, covered (1) Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media, 139  S.Ct. 2356 (2020) in which the Supreme Court held that commercial or financial information that is customarily and actually treated as private by its owner and provided to the government under an assurance of privacy…

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Review of Key 2019 Trade Secret Decisions and Trends (Part I)

In general, A trade secret is any information used in business if the owner has taken reasonable measures to keep such information secret, and the information derives independent economic value, from not being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable through proper means by the public. Almost every state has adopted some form of…

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Does “Scraping” Data Violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act?

Peter Toren | Experienced Intellectual Property Lawyer

We live in a world where data has become an increasingly valuable asset and huge companies are built on the collection and analysis of publicly available data. Yet, there is no federal statute that directly protects this type of information or even directly addresses how this information should be treated. Instead, businesses are often forced…

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Huawei Indicted for Theft of Trade Secrets

Peter Toren | Experienced Intellectual Property Lawyer

  The criminal case arose after a jury in Washington State had awarded T-Moibile $4,8 million in damages for breach of contract. Interestingly, the jury failed to award T-Mobile any damages for trade secret misappropriation even though they determined that Huawei did misappropriate trade secrets relating to Tappy. T-Mobile is also seeking $18.4 million in…

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